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England National Football Team Match No. 7

England 3 Poland 1 [2-1]

Saturday, 27 March 1999

Match Summary and Report






Goal Attempts 18 9
Attempts on Target 6 3
Hit Bar/Post 0 0
Corner Kicks Won 5 3
Offside Calls Against 3 5
Fouls Conceded 9 17
Time of Possession N.K. N.K.


England Team

Ranking: 11th in FIFA ranking of 24 March 1999; 9th in Elo world ranking before this match and 9th after this match.
Colours: Red shadowed striped shirts with navy collar, white shorts with red trim, red socks.  The 1997 "away" uniform.
Coach: J. Kevin Keegan, 48, appointed temporary manager 17 February 1999,
1st match, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 3 - A 1.
Captain: Alan Shearer, 19th captaincy. 

England Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Seaman, David A. 19-Sep-1963 35 G Arsenal FC 49 0 1988-2002
2-Neville, Gary A. 18-Feb-1975 24 D Manchester United FC 32 0 1995-active
3-Le Saux, Graeme P. 17-Oct-1968 30 D Chelsea FC 34 1 1994-2000
4-Sherwood, Timothy A. 06-Feb-1969 30 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0 1999
5-Keown, Martin R. 24-Jul-1966 32 D Arsenal FC 21 1 1992-2002
6-Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18-Sep-1974 24 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 25 0 1996-active
7-Beckham, David R.J., sub off 78th min. 02-May-1975 23 M Manchester United FC 22 1 1996-active
8- Scholes, Paul, sub off 85th min. 16-Nov-1974 24 M Manchester United FC 16 7 1997-2004
9-Shearer, Alan 13-Aug-1970 28 F Newcastle United FC 48 23 1992-2000
10-Cole, Andrew A. 15-Oct-1971 27 F Manchester United FC 4 0 1995-2001
11-McManaman, Steven, sub off 70th min. 11-Feb-1972 27 M Liverpool FC 23 0 1994-2001

England Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
17-Parlour, Raymond, sub on 70th min. for McManaman 07-Mar-1973 26 M Arsenal FC 1 0 1999-2000
12-Neville, Philip J., sub on 78th min. for Beckham 21-Jan-1977 22 D Manchester United FC 14 0 1996-active
16-Redknapp, Jamie F., sub on 85th min. for Scholes 25-Jun-1973 25 M Liverpool FC 12 0 1995-1999

4-4-2 with one central midfielder in a containing and holding role and the other free to attack:

Seaman -
G. Neville, Keown, Campbell, Le Saux -
Beckham (P. Neville*), Sherwood, Scholes (Redknapp), McManaman (Parlour*) -
Shearer, Cole.

Notes: *When Phil Neville came on for Beckham in the 78th minute, he took the left midfield position, and Parlour, who had replaced McManaman at left midfield in the 70th minute, shifted to his usual right midfield position.
Not Used:
13-Nigel Martyn, 14-Gareth Southgate, 15-Rio Ferdinand, 18-Chris Armstrong.

Poland Team

Ranking: 27th in FIFA ranking of 24 March 1999; 29th in Elo world ranking before this match and 30th after this match.
Colours: White shirts with red trim, red shorts with white trim, white socks; made by Adidas.
Coach: Janusz Wˇjcik, 45, appointed 23 July 1997,
18th match, W 12 - D 1 - L 5 - F 29 - A 20.
Captain: Jerzy Brzeczek.

Poland Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Matysek, Adam 19-Jul-1968 30 G Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 22 0 1991-2002
2-Bąk, Jacek 24-Mar-1973 27 M Olympique Lyonnais, France 21 1 1993-2003
3-Łapiński, Tomasz 01-Aug-1969 29 D Widzew Łˇdź 32 0 1992-1999
4-Ratajczyk, Krzysztof 09-Nov-1973 25 D SK Rapid Wien, Austria 12 2 1994-2002
5-Zieliński, Jacek 10-Oct-1967 31 D Legia Warszawa 30 1 1995-2003
6-Hajto, Tomasz 16-Oct-1972 26 D MSV Duisburg, Germany 21 2 1996-2002
7-Świerczewski, Piotr, sub off 46th min. 08-Apr-1972 26 M Gamba Osaka, Japan 41 1 1992-2003
8-Iwan, Tomasz 12-Jun-1971 27 F PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands 19 2 1995-2002
9-Siadaczka, Rafał, sub off 68th min. 21-Feb-1972 27 D FK Austria Wien, Austria 10 1 1995-1999
10- Brzęczek, Jerzy 18-Mar-1971 28 M Maccabi Haifa, Israel 39 4 1992-1999
11-Trzeciak, Mirosław, sub off 84th min. 11-Apr-1968 30 F Club AtlÚtico Osasu˝a, Spain 15 7 1991-1999

Poland Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
16-Kłos, Tomasz, sub on 46th min. for Świerczewski 07-Mar-1973 26 M AJ Auxerre, France 10 1 1998-2002
18-Kowalczyk, Wojciech, sub on 68th min. for Siadackza 14-Apr-1972 26 F UD Las Palmas, Spain 38 11 1991-1999
15-Juskowiak, Andrzej, sub on 84th min. for Trzeciak 03-Nov-1970 29 F VfL Wolfsburg, Germany 31 13 1992-2001

5-3-2 with one of the defenders playing as a sweeper and one of the forwards playing in a withdrawn position (1-4-3-1-1):

Matysek -
ński -
Hajto, Ratajczyk, Zieli
ński, Siadaczka (Kowalczyk*) -
Świerczewski* (Kłos*), Brzęczek, Bąk* -
Iwan -
Trzeciak (Juskowiak).

Notes: *Poland chose an ultra-defensive alignment, not only playing five defenders, but also a three-man midfield in which two places were filled by players whose usual position was defender (Świerczewski, his replacement Kłos and Bak).  When forward Kowalczyk replaced defender Siadaczka in the 68th minute, Poland adopted a slightly more offence-oriented 4-3-1-2 alignment in an effort to gain an equalizing goal.  The result was a third goal for England three minutes later.
Not Used:
12-Kazimierz Sidorczuk, 13-Ryszard Czerwiec, 14-Tomasz Wałdoch, 17-Radosław Michalski.

Match Report


The sun shone on England and temporary manager Kevin Keegan as perennial rivals Poland were comprehensively beaten in front of another Wembley full-house.  Fulham's Chief Operating Officer had agreed to take charge for four matches, up to and including the Euro 2000 qualifier in Sofia, and he promised that his England players would wear the three lions with pride.

Andy Cole, playing for his former mentor at Newcastle, was given his first England start alongside skipper Alan Shearer.  But it was Paul Scholes, tucked in behind the front two, who emerged as England's hero with a stunning hat-trick.  Not even sure of a place in Manchester United's starting line-up, the carrot-topped star scored a priceless goal after 10 minutes to send England on their way to three vital points.

He anticipated Shearer's knockdown on the edge of the box and bravely lifted the ball over Polish 'keeper Matysek as he rushed out to meet the danger.  The ball rolled gently into the net and English fans were suddenly in full voice.  On 21 minutes it got even better as Scholes nudged the ball in - probably with his shoulder - as Beckham's cross speared into the near-post area.

Another goal now perhaps would have left the Poles for dead.  But, perhaps reading from a different script, Polish captain Brzeczek beat Seaman with a low shot into the corner on 28 minutes after some slack marking down the left flank.  A scoreline of 2-1 at the break was certain to make the second half interesting.

Poland had won their two qualifiers to date, both of them 3-0, but this was not a great Polish side and an England team showing more of the passion and commitment promised by Keegan didn't look to be in any trouble.  Their was fluency in their passing and everything seemed to go through Tim Sherwood, enjoying an impressive international debut at the age of 30.

Steve McManaman, bound for Real Madrid in the summer, was featuring in his first England match of the campaign but had a quiet first half in which he saw little of the ball out wide on the left.  There were a a couple of trademark bursts into the box in the second period before Arsenal's Ray Parlour replaced him to win his first cap in the 69th minute.  Within seconds Scholes had made it 3-1 with a firm header.  - The Official F.A. and England Yearbook 1999-2000.


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